Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
That's why South Darwin RLFC has made a pledge to not stay on the sideline of mental health and participates in the NRL's State of Mind program. In June 2019, Souths were recognised for our participation in the program.
The NRL's State of Mind Grassroots Program is a four-step recognition process that has been developed in consultation with expert partners. The program has been designed to be delivered to club administrators, coaches, managers and senior members of grassroots Rugby League clubs across Australia. The aim of the program is to:
Use the Game's reach, profile, Clubs and players to reduce stigma around mental illness;
Increase our participants understanding of mental health;
Stimulate help seeking behaviours by educating and informing our community with appropriate resources and literature;
Connect Rugby League communities with the NRL's expert partners.
Visit the NRL website to find more State of Mind resources and helpful tips: https://www.nrl.com/community/state-of-mind/tools-and-resources/
If you notice a mate having a tough time, don’t stay on the sideline.
Looking out for your mates is important, whether it’s on or off the field. And just like you wouldn’t let them take on an entire team by themselves, it’s important that we support them when it comes to their mental health.
Make the pledge not to stay on the sideline of mental health. #DontStayOnTheSideline
Souths are committed to ensuring the well-being of all our players, volunteers, members, supporters and their networks.
We are a family at Souths, and we care. If you find yourself struggling to get over the line, we will do everything in our power to get you there.
We can also help connect you to the NRL's State of Mind Expert Partners.
State of Mind Expert Partners
Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (FREE CALL 24/7)
Lifeline 13 11 14
headspace - to learn more, visit www.headspace.org.au
Black Dog Institute - to learn more, visit www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
If you need help now
If you are in an emergency situation or need immediate assistance, contact mental health services or emergency services on 000.
If you need to speak to someone urgently, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.